Application and recruitment process

Before you apply, you should carefully read through the following sections to prepare yourself so that your application has the best chance of success. The different steps of the recruitment process are detailed below, so you know what to expect at each stage.

The first stage is simple. You will need to fill out and submit an online registration form and then complete our application form, which covers our minimum academic and personal eligibility criteria for the role.

You will need to select the most appropriate entry route for you, the PCDA or DHEP route, and ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. On receipt of your application, we will conduct a basic security check, which will take around seven days. Should you be unsuccessful in your application because you have not met the minimum academic criteria, you may be signposted to other available roles within the Met.

You will also complete a short assessment online. The Apollo Behavioural Skills Questionnaire will check if you have the key behavioural skills required to be a police officer.

The Met has been following, and will continue to follow the advice issued by Government in relation to how we ensure a safe working and training environment given the Coronavirus outbreak. As a result, we have moved the majority of our assessment processes online.

The online assessment process consists of a three-stage approach designed for the efficient assessment and recruitment of police constables. The three stages are:

Part 1 – Situational judgement test (SJT)

This test measures your ability to choose the appropriate action in situations similar to those you are likely to face as a police constable. This test will measure your judgement and ability to make effective decisions against the Competency and Values Framework for Policing.

Part 2 – Competency-based interview

You will be asked a series of questions about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past. This is your opportunity to provide some examples of the key competencies and values that are important for police constables. You can use examples from both your work and your personal life. If you have completed stage 1, you will be required to take stage 2 immediately upon completion.

Part 3 – Written assessment and briefing exercise

Part 3a – Written assessment

In this exercise, you will assume the role of a police constable and will have to complete an urgent written task for your line manager. You will receive four items of information to help you with this task.

Part 3b – Briefing exercise

In this exercise, you will assume the role of a police constable and will have responsibility for dealing with some issues presented to you. You will be tasked with providing a response to a number of questions in relation to this issue. You will be provided with preparation materials to consider your answer.

Please note that you will receive and be able to take stages 3a and 3b separately.

Required technology

You can complete the exercises on any internet-enabled device with a camera (laptop, tablet or phone), but to ensure full compatibility with the online platform, the following should be set up:

  • Your operating system should be Windows 7 (or higher) or Mac OS 10.11 (or higher).
  • Your browser should be the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari (Apple products only).
  • You should have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed, and you require a webcam and microphone to record responses.

Reasonable adjustments

If you have any condition that might cause you to be disadvantaged during the online assessment process, temporary or otherwise (e.g. pregnancy, injury, disability including dyslexia, etc.), you may be entitled to accommodation or reasonable adjustment.

Any accommodation or reasonable adjustment provided for the online assessment process will be based on the supporting information provided to us in a relevant report, produced by an appropriately qualified professional. Reasonable adjustments may include additional time in the exercises or other adjustments as recommended by a specialist.

If you believe you may have a condition that could disadvantage you, please contact our recruitment partners, SSCL to make them aware, contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.  They will be able to assist you with your application for accommodation or reasonable adjustment. For further information, please consult the College of policing policy on accommodations and reasonable adjustments for candidates attending the online assessment process.

After successfully completing your online assessment centre, the next phase will include an in-force assessment, including  role-play exercises and then a health and medical assessment.

(The two parts of Stage 3 may not necessarily take place on the same day.)

Part 1

After completing your online assessment centre, you’ll be invited to complete an additional, Metropolitan Police specific interview. The interview included two role-play exercises that have been designed to closely simulate typical policing scenarios. You’ll be assessed on your response.

The best way to prepare for the role play exercises is to familiarise yourself with the competency and values framework. This will be sent out to you via email and is also available via the candidate portal.

Part 2

You will be required to undertake a medical health assessment, carried out by a registered nurse and a fitness test. 

The medical assessment will include eyesight, hearing and blood pressure tests. Further checks will be conducted and include DNA, fingerprint and substance misuse tests. You will also undertake a job specific fitness test. 

You will also undergo our fitness test. The fitness test is a multi-stage shuttle run (MSSR) and individuals need to achieve level 5.4 (which is the aerobic requirement of officer safety training).

You can download the Met's six week training programme to make sure you can complete the job related fitness test.

You will then undergo both employer and personal reference checks and CTC security checks to gain security clearance.

The background checks that we conduct here are more in-depth than those conducted at eligibility stage via the Police National Computer. We search many national and local information databases. It is essential that you are open, honest and transparent with us when completing the initial Recruitment Application form and also the Vetting Questionnaire form towards the end of the process.

Not disclosing information on your vetting form may delay you joining or even mean your application is rejected. If in doubt, seek advice and/or declare the information on your forms.

PCDA additional assessments

If you selected the PCDA entry route and have not been able to evidence that you meet the minimum academic criteria, you will be asked to complete an additional verbal reasoning test and/or a maths diagnostic test dependent on your academic attainment level as part of the Government’s apprenticeship regulations.

If this applies to you, you will receive further information at this stage.

You will receive a finalised, formal offer once your pre-employment and vetting checks have been passed successfully. We will then contact you to arrange the most suitable start-date at one of our monthly in-takes; and you can look forward to joining the Met as a PC. 

You will be allocated one of our four partner Universities (Brunel University London; the University of West London; Anglia Ruskin University; and the University of East London) to complete the academic requirements of the programme, based on your operational (Borough/ Basic Command Unit) preferences selected in your application form.   

The recruitment process can take several months from start to finish and therefore it is essential you complete what is required of you at each stage promptly to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. If you have any concerns or questions throughout the recruitment process, please contact your recruitment team, details can be found on our apply now page.  

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